With last week’s crash test ratings for the Maruti Vitara Brezza giving the company some sort of credibility with respect to safety, this week may not. Global NCAP has crash tested the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift and have awarded it only two stars. The car that was tested was the base LXi/LDi model. Maruti Suzuki offers dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchorages with the new Swift.
Why just two stars for the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift?
The two star rating for grown-up occupants is due to the high compression to the driver chest. GNCAP also noted that the Swift had an unstable structure and poor protection for the feet. The Child Occupant Protection also gets two stars for low protection to the child dummy’s head and chest.
In 2014, the previous Swift had received a zero rating. However the European Swift has got a higher crash test rating. This is because curtain airbags as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) are standard for the European market. Maruti doesn’t offer this in the Indian market. Surprisingly, the result also says that the Swift doesn’t have four channel ABS. This makes it an ambiguous statement as Maruti Suzuki says they offer ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard.
On its part, Maruti Suzuki did mention at the launch that the Swift also complies to pedestrian protection and meets all future Indian safety norms. The market space though thinks that Maruti Suzuki vehicles have a tinny build quality. What do you as a reader think? Should Maruti start offering six airbags and other safety features with the Swift and other models? Or the crash test ratings are not important as long as the model meets your transportation requirements as well as fuel efficiency parameter?
David Ward, Global NCAP secretary general said , “The latest version of the Swift sold in India has improved and it is good to see dual airbags as standard. This confirms the beneficial effect of the Indian Government’s new crash test regulations. But the performance of the Swift sold in Europe and Japan shows that a better safety performance is still possible so Global NCAP would like to see Maruti Suzuki aim higher.”